Publications

SGR Newsletter 42

Autumn 2013

Feature articles cover: UK military R&D and alternatives; sustainable communities; Arctic ice cap melting; nuclear weapons proliferation via nuclear power; honesty in medical science; climate change and shale gas
 

 

Offensive Insecurity

The role of science and technology in UK security strategies

This report reveals new data on the billions spent on continuing to develop Cold War-style weaponry that is not relevant to the UK’s current security threats, as well as exposing the failure of government departments to account properly for hundreds of millions of pounds.

Stuart Parkinson, Barnaby Pace and Philip Webber

2013

This short report presents evidence that the detonation of the nuclear warheads carried on just one UK Trident submarine would lead to vast quantities of smoke being generated that would led to a sharp climate cooling, causing a global crop failure which would threaten the lives of some 1 billion people. This would be in addition to the deaths of over 10 million people killed directly by blast, fire and fallout from the nuclear explosions.

Philip Webber

2013

Autumn 2012 - 20th anniversary issue

Feature articles cover: UK military R&D; alternatives to Iran's nuclear programme; low carbon transition pathways; offshore wind and marine energy; nuclear disarmament; sustainable building materials; corporate science communication; local sustainable energy; synthetic biology; the Fukushima nuclear disaster; and climate change sceptics

 

Autumn 2011

Feature articles cover: nuclear power after Fukushima; war in Libya; military robotics and drones; the low energy society; geoengineering; shale gas; science commercialisation; militarisation of EU research; nuclear weapons treaties; low energy buildings; Millennium Consumption Goals; risks of emerging technologies; and the Luddites anniversary

 

Winter 2011

Feature articles cover: UK defence and security review; arms conversion; new nuclear power; accountability in research investment; climate science; the Atomic Weapons Establishment; data security in the UK census; armed robotic aircraft; transport and land-use; synthetic biology; renewable energy funding in the UK; commercialism at universities; and international energy and climate policy.

 

Winter 2010

Feature articles cover: arms conversion; international and UK climate change policy; climate science debate; global nuclear disarmament; militarisation of space; sustainability and population; corporate influence on science; ethics and universities; animal farming and sustainability.

 

Science and the corporate agenda

The detrimental effects of commercial influence on science and technology

It is no secret that links between the commercial sectors and science and technology are increasing. Many policy-makers, business leaders and members of the science community argue that this is positive for both science and society. But there is growing evidence that the science commercialisation agenda brings with it a wide range of detrimental effects.

Chris Langley and Stuart Parkinson

2009

Spring 2009

Feature articles cover: sustainability and the global economic crisis, sustainable housing, military involvement in science and technology, social housing, nuclear weapons policy, low carbon energy, and alternatives to animal experiments.

 

Autumn 2008

Feature articles cover: high-alert nuclear weapons; military influence at UK universities; UK climate strategy; new nuclear weapons campaign; nuclear waste management; sustainable housing; expanding renewable energy